tv American Israel Public Affairs Committee AIPAC Conference - VP Pence CSPAN March 30, 2019 6:59pm-7:29pm EDT
relevant today than ever. no government money support c-span and nonpartisan coverage is a public service by satellite provider. on television and online, c-span is your unfiltered view so you can make up your own mind. >> vice president michael pence talks about the trump administration's commitment to during thesecurity american israel public affairs committee conference. his remarks are 30 minutes. after that, will hear from senator majority leader who spoke at the conference on how the democratic party supports israel.
>> our next guest has a deep and personal relationship with israel and with aipac. throughout his decades of public life, vice president mike pence. loveemonstrated a profound for the jewish state. at this moment, with israel under attack, we are proud to be joined by a leader who has always stood with israel in her time of need and has always supported her right to defend herself. [applause] we are greatly appreciative of all the trump administration has done in the past year to advance the u.s.-israel relationship.
america has toughened sanctions on hamas and hezbollah. america has defended israel from outrageous assaults at the u.n. america has pulled out of the flawed iran nuclear deal and he responded to iran's aggressions with sweeping sanctions. [applause] mort: after 70 years, america has moved our embassy to jerusalem, the eternal capital of israel! [cheers and applause] and in less than an hour, president trump will sign an executive order that will formally recognize israeli sovereignty over the golan heights. [applause]
mr. vice president, on behalf of aipac and its leadership, let me say, thank you. thank you to you and to president trump. [applause] for working to deepen america's partnership with our steadfast allies, the state of israel. ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming a true friend of israel and aipac, the vice president of the united states, mike pence. ♪ [applause]
v.p. pence: hello aipac! [applause] thank you for that warm welcome. how about a round of applause for this team that put together this extraordinary 2019 conference together, president mort friedman. to members of congress, israeli ministers, members of the knesset, to the friends of israel who have come from near
and far, it is great to be back at aipac, the largest gathering of israel americans in the united states. and speaking of pro-israel americans, and allow me to bring greetings from a friend of mine, someone history has already proven to be the greatest friend of the jewish people and the state of israel ever to sit in the oval office of the white house. i bring greetings from the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. [applause] [cheers and applause]
v.p. pence: we gather here today as americans to speak about the progress we have made and the strength of our alliance with our most cherished ally. but i just have to say, yesterday was a great day for our country. our president and every american who cherishes the truth. [applause] after two years of investigation and reckless accusations by many democrats and members of the media, the special counsel confirmed what president trump has said all along, there was no collusion between the trump campaign and russia during the 2016 election and the attorney general confirmed there was no obstruction of justice. [applause]
v.p. pence: make no mistake about it, this was a total vindication of the president of the united states and our campaign. and it should be welcomed by every american. and even if some democrats want to spend more time on discredited allegations, the american people can be confident the president and i will continue to focus where we always have. on the issues that are most important, on a stronger and more prosperous america and on a safer world. and that is exactly what we've done since the first day of this administration. [applause] think about it. president trump promised to rebuild our military. and he signed into law the largest investment in our national defense is the days of ronald reagan. with that renewed american strength, he promised to take the fight to radical islamic terrorism on our terms on their soil.
and as a department of defense confirmed friday, thanks to the courage of our armed forces and our partners in the region, the last inch of ground controlled by the islamic state in syria has been captured. [applause] five years after isis controlled nearly 35,000 square miles in syria and iraq, and nearly 5 million people lived under their brutal regime, the isis caliphate is no more. [applause] v.p. pence: president trump also promised to revive the american economy, to cut taxes, rollback regulation and unleash american energy, and he did it. since election day we have created 5.3 million new jobs. the unemployment rate has hit a 50 year low. more americans are working today than ever before in the history of the united states. [applause]
v.p. pence: it doesn't matter how you measure it, record job growth, record investment, the american economy is once again the envy of the world. president trump is a man of his word. and with respect to our most cherished ally, he has been more than a man of his word. under president trump, if the world knows nothing else, the world. america stands with israel. [applause] v.p. pence: it is the greatest honor of my life to serve as vice president alongside a president who cares so deeply about the state of israel. thanks to the president's leadership, our alliance has never been stronger. our friendship has never been deeper.
we stand with israel today for the same reasons the american people have always stood with israel. we stand with israel because her causes our cause, her values are our values, and her fight is our fight. we stand with israel because we believe in right over wrong, and good over evil, and liberty over tyranny. we stand with israel today, tomorrow, and we always will. [applause] but it is not just talk. president trump from mr. israel would have the resources and tools to defend itself by itself. and today in the wake of the rocket attack near tel aviv, i am proud to report that american support for the security and the state of israel has never been stronger. and the military of the state of israel is stronger than ever before.
[applause] v.p. pence: president trump also promised to shut down the office in washington if the palestinian authority refused to take steps to stop funding terrorists who murder innocent civilians with american tax dollars. when the p.l.o. refused, president trump shut their office down. [applause] and today, thanks to so many of you, the taylor force act is the law of the land. and when president trump promised to cut all funding to anti-israel agencies in the united nations, he meant it.
last year, the united states ended all u.s. contributions to one of them. beyond all of that, the president promised to stand up to the world's leading state sponsor of terror. and he withdrew the disastrous nuclear deal with iran. there will be no more cash for iran. [applause] last year president trump did what no american president before him had the courage to do when he moved the american embassy to jerusalem, the capital of the state of israel.
and as though all this wasn't enough, as prime minister netanyahu said last week, he did it again. for 20 years after israel's rebirth, syria held the golan heights. this crucial region changed hands only after israel won a war forced upon them. years later, it's enemies attacked her on the holiest day of the jewish year.
thousands of patriots stepped up to defend her homeland including a young commander who single-handedly kept a fleet of enemy tanks at bay, the great zvika. it is an amazing story. late one night all alone, as enemy tanks rolled into israel, a miracle happened. captain greengold battled a large enemy force. his actions not only helped, they secured the golan heights from enemy control and with it, saved the state of israel from the brink of disaster. [applause] but for generations, leaders have recognized the golan heights are critical to the strategic security of the state of israel.
but president trump took action and today, for the first time in 52 years, with prime minister netanyahu at his side, the president of the united states will formally recognize israel's sovereignty over the golan heights. [applause] v.p. pence: our president made these decisions in the best interest of the united states but he also believed they were in the best interest of peace because a lasting peace can only be built on a foundation of truth. so we will work for peace. and we will pray for the peace of jerusalem, that those who love her will be secure.
peace cannot be imposed. to be lasting and to be real, peace must be negotiated. but i can only be negotiated with partners who are committed to peace. today's rocket attack by hamas proves that hamas is not a partner for peace. hamas is a terrorist organization that seeks the destruction of israel and the united states will never negotiate with terrorist hamas. [applause] v.p. pence: while any peace will undoubtedly require compromise, you can be confident of this, the united states of america will never compromise the safety and security of the state of israel. [applause] v.p. pence: and february, it was my great honor along with my wife, karen, to travel to poland on the president's behalf.
we represented the united states in an unprecedented gathering of leaders from more than 60 nations. leaders who sat down and openly discussed their joint commitment to peace and security in the middle east. it was a remarkable gathering. and it was amazing to see leaders from across the region agree that the greatest threat to peace and security in the middle east is the islamic republic of iran. you know, the president's critics predicted disaster when he withdrew from the irun deal. will but the so-called joint comprehensive plan of action did not delay iran from action, it maybe delayed the day that the regime would get access to nuclear weapons.
since then, the united states has implemented a campaign to change iran's behavior and hold the regime accountable for its actions. in the campaign is working. they run and are protesting against the regime. the iranian economy is reeling under unprecedented sanctions. now iran must choose between caring for people and continuing to fund its proxies who destabilize the region and threaten israel. the iranian regime openly advocates another holocaust and seeks the means to achieve it. but i can assure you, under president donald trump leadership, america will continue to stand strong. we will continue to oppose iran's malign influence and under this president, america will never allow iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. [applause]
v.p. pence: when authoritarian regimes mete out anti-semitic hatred, we must take them for their word. last month karen and i stood and prayed at the auschwitz birkenau concentration camp in poland. it was a deeply moving experience. as we walked about those deserted grounds, as i looked at the gas chambers, the piles of suitcases and little shoes, it reinforced my resolve that our answer to this unspeakable tragedy for this in every generation must be, never again.
never again! never again! [cheers and applause] now, my friends, we have reached a fateful moment in history. all over the world, anti-semitism is on the rise. from college campuses to marketplaces, even in the halls of congress. there was a time when support for israel was not a partisan issue here in washington. i will never forget the day in 2007 that i, a conservative christian republican was asked to go found the congressional anti-semitism task force by the
only holocaust survivor ever to serve in congress, the democrat chairman of the house's foreign affairs committee, the late and great tom lantos. [applause] v.p. pence: support for israel as was reflected in that moment, chairman lantos came by my office, it has been a long bipartisan tradition in the congress spanning generations. but how things have changed. it is astonishing to think that the party of harry truman, which did so much to create the state of israel, has been co-opted by people who promote rank anti-semitic rhetoric and work to undermine the broad american consensus of support for israel. recently, a freshman democratic
congress trafficked and repeated anti-semitic tropes, alleged congressional support for israel reflected an allegiance to a foreign country. said that israel had and i quote "hypnotized the world." and she accused americans who support israel of being bought off by campaign contributions. anti-semitism has no place in the congress of the united states of america. [applause] v.p. pence: and at a minimum, anyone who slanders those who purport to distort the alliance between the united states and
israel should never have a seat on the foreign affairs committee of the united states house of representatives! [applause] v.p. pence: the party that has been the home of so many american jews for so long today struggled to muster the votes to unequivocally condemn anti-semitism in a resolution. as governor of indiana, i was proud to sign the toughest anti-bds legislation of any state in the union. [applause] v.p. pence: but remarkably, today, all but one democrat running for president voted against the combating bds act in the united states senate.
i stand before you, eight democrat candidate for president are actually boycotting this very conference. so let me be clear on this point, anyone who aspires to the highest office in the land should not be afraid to stand with the strongest supporters of israel in america. [applause] v.p. pence: it is wrong to boycott israel and it is wrong to boycott aipac! [applause] v.p. pence: president trump and i could not be more proud to stand with all of you today, tomorrow, and always.
to strengthen the ties that bind america and israel. we here in the united states admire israel and her success. in fact, we marvel at it. the jewish people have turned the desert into a garden, scarcity into plenty, sickness into health. they have turned hope into a future of security and prosperity, a tiny land, a land with no natural resources, no rushing rivers, a nation that despite not knowing a single day of true peace, has in two short generations become one of the world's most vibrant and successful nations. israel is an inspiration to the world. the united states is proud to stand with israel and her people as allies and cherished friends. providence entrusted the united
states to be a guardian of liberty and that is a trust will never forsake. "that they shall sit, every man and woman under his vine and under his fig tree, and that none shall make them afraid," shall be our anthem. ladies and gentlemen, israel and the united states will always stand together because america and israel are more than friends, we are more than partners or allies. my friends, the united states and israel are family. we are mishpachah. [applause] we are a family. descended from a common tradition and faith.
a family that upholds, values, and together, we share a common destiny. the american-israeli alliance is stronger than ever. our friendship is stronger than ever and together, our future can only be brighter. and as president trump has pledged, our administration will always stand with our cherished friend and partner, the state of israel. so thank you for the honor of addressing you today and for your support. it is the greatest honor of my life to serve as your vice president at such a time as this, and i thank you. [applause] v.p. pence: but permit me to close with a blessing.
to all my fellow americans who love this country, and to all those gathered here who cherish israel and the people of israel, may the lord bless you and keep you. may his countenance shine upon you and be gracious unto you. and may all your ways be paths of peace. with the unwavering support of all of you and all of those who call these two great nations home, and the leadership of president donald trump, and with god's help, i know that the best days of israel and the united states of america are yet to come. thank you. god bless you. god bless israel, and god bless the united states of america. [cheers and applause]